Wednesday, 24.8.2022
20:00 – 21:00, Kino in der Kulturbrauerei (Saal 5)
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»Power to the Artists: Non Fungible Token (NFT)« (En)

Anika Meier, Carmelo Lo Porto, Jovanka von Wilsdorf, Moderation: Tristan Littlejohn

NFTs are on everyone’s lips, hailed as a solution to break the power of large corporations and strengthen the independence of artists. But how does it work in the field of music? How can musicians use this tool innovatively, and what can they learn from the art scene that already uses NFTs? Music manager Carmelo Lo Porto developed Niftee, the first platform for hand-curated, exclusive NFTs in Europe, and organised the first NFT auction in the music industry – with rappers Kool Savage and Cro. The art scholar and curator Anika Meier has been dealing with net art for years, and musician Jovanka von Wilsdorf is an expert in music compositions with artificial intelligence. Along with host and digital transformation advisor Tristan Littlejohn, they will discuss the opportunities and different possibilities for artists to use NFTs, shedding light on their political, social and, of course, economic aspects – such as democratisation, self-empowerment, decentralisation, monetisation, community-building and much more.

Collage of four photos side by side showing two young people read as male and two computer generated representations of people read as female. They are, in this order, the representations from left to right: Anika Meier, Carmelo Lo Porto, Jovanka v. Wilsdorf, Tristan Littlejohn.In the photo on the left, a figure made of rough pixels like from a Gameboy game is recognizable. The figure, read as a woman, stands in profile facing left and wears a brown bun, a yellow blouse, and brown pants. Next to it is the black and white portrait of Carmelo Lo Porto. He is pictured frontally up to his chest and is wearing a black t-shirt. He wears horn-rimmed glasses with black frames and smiles into the camera with his mouth open. Carmelo Lo Porto wears a short trimmed full beard and a bald head. The next image shows the avatar of a young person read as female, reminiscent of a character from a computer game. The figure is shown frontally up to the chest, wearing a wetsuit in black with two red longitudinal stripes on the front of the chest and shoulders. The face is animated in manga style. On the head the person wears a pilot helmet in gray and red with glasses in front of the face, one of the lenses also has a red opaque tint. Tristan Littlejohn next to it is shown in a portrait frontal to his chest. He is wearing a white T-shirt and smiling into the camera with his lips parted. He has a three-day beard around his cheeks and upper lip and wears his hair short.
Anika Meier, Carmelo Lo Porto, Jovanka von Wilsdorf, Tristan Littlejohn

Carmelo Lo Porto, Jovanka von Wilsdorf

Tristan Littlejohn

Film Location
Kino der Kulturbrauerei, Berlin

Film & Editing